This species is known only from the type locality, Frontino Páramo, in the municipality of Urrao, in Antioquia Department, Colombia, from 3,700-3,850 m asl. It is probably genuinely restricted to this area.
Habitat and Ecology
This is a páramo species that is usually found on vegetation and occurs among moss and axils of Espeletia spp. It breeds by direct development, but the site of egg deposition is not known.
The current population status is unknown; only seven specimens are known from three separate collections.
The Frontino Páramo is in a remote area and at a very high elevation, so there currently are no significant threats. However, climate change might reduce the suitable habitat available and force the species to move to higher elevations, and hence further restrict its range.
The range of the species is included in the Páramo Urrao, which is a Protection Forest Reserve (IUCN category VI), but improved management and protection of this area are needed. There is also a need for close population monitoring of this species given that it is known only from the type locality.
Due to a typographic error on the title of the paper describing this species (Lynch 1995), the name was given as P. lasallorum. However, the correct spelling is P. lasalleorum. Lynch (1995) gives the correct spelling elsewhere in the original description.
Castro, F., Herrera, M.I. & Lynch, J. 2009. Pristimantis lasalleorum. In: IUCN 2014